North girls prevail against Grants Pass
The North Medford girls tennis team exhibited depth in a nonconference home victory against Grants Pass Saturday at District Courts.
Despite dropping the No. 1 singles and doubles matches, the Black Tornado posted a 5-3 victory over Grants Pass.
North Medford won three of four doubles matches and came out with a split on four singles matches against the Cavers.
"Our younger girls are starting to play well," North Medford coach Dale Jensen said. "They're finding their own game — what they can and cannot do."
Sophomore Sierra Severson and senior Tessa Goodson picked up singles wins for the Black Tornado, which improved its season record to 4-2-1.
The North doubles teams of Jennifer Dumas-Sarah Louie and Cassie Stratton-Katie Murphy dropped just three games each in straight set victories.
The performance in doubles was even more impressive since the Black Tornado was missing two key players — junior Erica Schultz and sophomore transfer Sam Reed.
Schultz is expected to return soon from a stress fracture in her left foot. Last year, the team of Schultz and Louie advanced to the state tournament. Reed missed Saturday's match because of a back strain.
"I was impressed with our doubles play," said Jensen. "Even though our No. 1 lost, they did some solid things."
SINGLES — Emily Carpenter, GP, d. Kenna Goodson, 6-3, 6-0; Sierra Severson, NM, d. Emma Jenkins, 6-2, 6-2; Tessa Goodson, NM, d. Priscilla Macy, 6-4, 7-5; Tiffany Boonyaprayoon, GP, d. Susan Swenson, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Piper Dobner-Lindsay McDonough, GP, d. Carissa Arnesen-Jacqueline Folger, 6-3 6-7 (7-5), 7-5; Jennifer Dumas-Sarah Louie, NM, d. Miranda Cruz-Alyssa Farber, 6-2, 6-1; Jaclyn Abeloe-Whitney Hodnett, NM, d. Jacque Cox-Jeni Nelson, 6-1, 6-4; Cassie Stratton-Katie Murphy, NM, d. Karlee Albertson-Victoria Zhu, 6-1, 6-2.
Track & Field
U ARCADIA INVITATIONAL — At Arcadia, Calif., Crater High's Jake Keyser posted a time of 4:24.9 in the mile at the Arcadia Invitational.
Keyser placed last in his heat, but his time converts to about a 4:07 for 1,500 meters, which would be the top time in the Southern Sky Conference and among the top 10 in the state.